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, the president's ally, helped the nra get it passed. no surprise that there's a big dose of politics involved here. jim acosta tonight is keeping 'em honest. >> when president obama signed national health care reform into law, few in washington knew that buried in the legislation's more than 900 pages was a gift to the nation's powerful gun lobby. but here it is. a provision entitled "protection of second amendment rights." it states the government and health insurers cannot collect any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition. the provision was such a secret, "the washington post" reports that some people in the white house didn't even know it existed, despite being in the president's signature legislation. joan alger did notice it. >> who put it in there? it might surprise you to learn it was this man, the most powerful democrat in congress, senate majority leader, harry reid. but why? a democratic source close to the passage of the health care law tells cnn, this is what was viewed as a relatively benign way to make sure the national rifle assoc
confirmed dead in algeria. cnn communicates with another hostage who managed to escape. the nra's power is growing even after newtown. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, breaking news on lance armstrong. coming clean, part two. the 41-year-old former cyclist continued his confession with more revelations about his cheating and lying for more than a decade. ed lavandera has been following the story. he's in austin tonight. ed? >> reporter: erin, oprah promised leading into this interview that it was at times emotional, and on this second night is when we finally saw some of that emotion. lance armstrong becoming the most emotional we saw him in this two-night interview when he had to explain to his kids that he had been lying all along for more than a decade. >> when this all really started, i saw my son defending me and saying that's not true. what you're saying about my dad is not true. and it almost goes to this question of why now. yeah. that's when i knew i had to tell him. and he'd never asked me. he'd never said, dad, is this true? he trusted
and cowardly. that's for you to decide. it's clear, though, highlighting nra intransigence is part of the political strategy. the new cnn/"time" magazine poll hints at why momentum for change may be starting to fade. 56% now favor an assault weapons ban, compared to 62% immediately avenue town. 58% support a ban on extended magazines. last month that was 62%. however, expanded background checks remains very popular with 87% supporting checks on gun show purchases. we'll have more on the politics shortly. but first, the personal. two takes on what happened at the white house today. alexy haller, the uncle of noah pozner. along with colin goddard. colin was shot four times in a classroom at virginia tech. i was wondering what your reaction was to what you heard. >> based on what we heard before the announcement when the families met with the president and the vice president and during the announcement itself, i was satisfied and pleased to see that the administration is treating this so seriously. and i think the strong sense i got was that they were determined to make a major change
. >> that was connecticut's governor. his view to the nra. each ring true. each side can point to real-life incident to prove their point. and in a moment we will talk to mr. mccrystal. but first, take a look. >> reporter: if you wonder whether or not real people with guns really do help prevent gun violence look no further than the shooting in this teheater i december. around 9:00 p.m. 19-year-old garcia allegedly opened fire at th rehe restaura. police say when the employees fled, the shooter chased after them in the parking lot firing at them. in the chaos he also shot at a san antonio patrol car after the officer shined a light on them. he was having a difficult time dealing with the break up and that may have set him off to come over here and commit this acts. >> garcia followed the employees into the store next door. he kept shooting as they poured out the exit doors. >> and i wouldn't have another day with my son. >> one of the flea fleeing fatr was armed. and she happened to be working security and ran toward the sound of the shooting. when she spotted the suspect coming out of the bathroom
believe the nra propaganda. the nra buys scholars. they buy statistics. it's just wrong. >> lies. total lies. britain has strong gun control, for example. and averages 35 gun murders a year. america has very lax gun control and has 11,000. britain is about a fifth the size of america. i can do simple math. japan has the toughest gun control in the world. they have two or three murders a year. australia had a massacre in the '90s. they brought in a ban on all main high-powered guns and assault rifles and so on. they have had no mass shootings since. this is not rocket science. it's there to be had. the problem is that the nra, and i'm sure mr. jones is a big fan of theirs and probably helps them. >> he probably thinks they're way, way,way too much part of the establishment. he's way, way to the right of the nra. >> the political power the nra now wield means that politicians are too coward to say anything. i have people say to me, you're so brave. hot is brave about wanting to stop 20 more children getting murders? >> i don't think it's the nra power. it's people like us, not the two of
from them, why isn't congress holding hearings on this? rather than pulling the nra do into these meetings and brow-beating them over exercising a right that the founders guaranteed, why not invite the pharmaceutical companies into capitol hill and see if we can find the connection between these psychiatric drugs and the murder ags rages that they send some people into. >> shannon: larry hunter, spokesman for gun appreciation day on the 19th. many, many angles need to be discussed. we know those who are planning counter activities to what you have. we will see how it plays out on the 19th. >> thank you. >> shannon: join sean hannity for a one-hour special, as he talked to legal gun owner who is were publicly identified by a new york newspaper. he talks to them about their personal safety fears and what every gun overowner can do to protect their second amendment right. the nra's idea to place armed guards in schools may be gaining traction in texas. the lieutenant governor is proposing intensive training for teachers, in which each school district would decide who carri
in the accelerating debate on guns and gun control. gabrielle giffords and nra are making their voices heard in new ways. >>> also, egypt's new president joins me to talk about tahrir square. a one-time symbol of hope is now dirty and oppressive. >>> plus, a mystery that started with a winning lottery ticket and ended with a deadly poisoning. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with this afternoon's announcement that the national rifle association is joining the white house in the discussion of gun violence in america. a representative will meet with vice president biden this week. what will they be doing? lisa sylvester is walking into "the situation room" right now. you've been doing some reporting, lisa. what is the very latest? >> wolf, leaders from both the private and public sectors are offering specific proposals on gun control, all sides aware of how politically sensitive the issue has become and the leading voice comes from someone with the political and personal experience that is sure to command attention here in washington. on the two-year anniversary of the t
, you know the nra also used the president's kids in an ad, so a lot of kids being used in this battle, brooke. >> jessica yellin at the white house. i want to continue this discussion. i want to go to las vegas for my next guest. gun shop owner jay wallace of outdoor adventures in smyrna, georgia. welcome to you. >> thank you, brooke. >> our white house correspondent was talking about something the president is proposing, this universal background checks. this really seems to be, if i may, just one of the biggies coming out of the white house. my question to you is universal background checks, what exactly would that entail? is it practical? >> well, you know, the thing is that we have to make sure that people understand they have an individual responsibility of when they're selling a firearm, that they should sell it to someone that is not mentally ill or incompetent or a felon or any of those things and that's their individual responsibility not to do that. if there are some ways where we can make it better, to where they could have a better understanding of how to do that, and enfo
's just a little too convenient to be blaming guns for gun violence. especially when the n.r.a. has already identified the real culprits -- >> vicious, violent video games. we have blood-soaked films. our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> clearly, the reason we have more gun deaths than anyone else in the industrialized world isn't the guns. it has to be that america is the only country in the world that has video games. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines here. clinics and hospital emergency rooms across the country are packed with people sick with the flu, rolling up their sleeves for a flu shot. the cdc director says we won't know more weeks if the flu season has peaked. 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity right now. >>> the brother of ailing venezuelan president hugo chavez says he is recovering well from his latest search. chavez is being treated for cancer in cuba. he's been unable to return to cuba for a planned
's driven by fear from the gun rights lobbyists, nra and others, that if anyone had been armed at sandy hook, at the school, they would have dealt with the shooter. how do you try to deal with that mentality in a reasonable way that doesn't offend gun owners but actually works to reduce the total volume of guns rather than dramatically increase it? >> the second amendment is here to stay. people have a right to arm, have a right to handguns, within some reasonable regulation. i think you have to make people aware of the fact that, you know, confiscation is not going to happen. the notion that if you arm a lot of people, that somehow it would deter crime or deter these attacks, always incumbent on that approach, we have people who have received an awful lot of training under a stressful situation to expect them to take a handgun out or any sort of weapon out and fire it and do so accurately is just a -- it's a pipe dream. and i just don't see the answer being in expanding the universe of weapons and having more people with guns at schools. >> final question, commissioner. as we see particular
for the national rifle association, the nra. the organization coming away none too pleased with the organization. the vice president mentioned some specific recommendations emerging from groups meeting so far. what are they? >> well, number one, anderson, he mentioned it right there at a news conference of sorts with reporters. the reporters weren't allowed to ask questions, but the vice president did give a briefing as to what was going on today. he said that they're going to be looking at universal background checks, and that would sort of replace the system we have now, sort of a hodgepodge system where at gun dealers there are background checks that are conducted but at gun shows there are not. he's talking about universal background checks. even private sales, if i were to sell you a gun, there would have to be a background check, according to what the vice president was laying out earlier today. the other thing he talked about was some sort of ban or limitation on the high capacity magazines sort of like the magazines used by the shooter, adam lanza, in newtown, connecticut. a lot of peopl
view to the nra. each ring true. each side can point to real-life incident to prove their point. and in a moment we will talk to general stanley mcchrystal on his view. but first, randi kaye. take a look. >> reporter: if you wonder whether or not real people with guns really do help prevent gun violence look no further than the shooting in this theater in december. and 9:30 a.m., december 17th, 19-year-old garcia allegedly opened fire at the restaurant. police say when the employees fled, the shooter chased after them in the parking lot firing at them. in the chaos he also shot at a san antonio patrol car after the officer shined a light on them. >> he was having a difficult time dealing with the breakup and that's what may have set him off to come over here and commit this act. >> garcia followed the employees into the mayan palace movie theater next door. he kept shooting as they poured out the exit doors. >> i'm glad i'm okay and i have another day with my son. >> one of the fleeing patrons was wounded but so many might have died had it not been for a quick thinking sergeant,
convenient to be blaming guns for gun violence. especially when the n.r.a. has already identified the real culprits -- >> vicious, violent video games. we have blood-soaked films. our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> clearly, the reason we have more gun deaths than anyone else in the industrialized world isn't the guns. it has to be that america is the only country in the world that has video games. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines here. clinics and hospital emergency rooms across the country are packed with people sick with the flu, rolling up their sleeves for a flu shot. the cdc director says we won't know more weeks if the flu season has peaked. 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity right now. >>> the brother of ailing venezuelan president hugo chavez says he is recovering well from his latest search. chavez is being treated for cancer in cuba. he's been unable to return to cuba for a planned inauguration. chavez has no
protection from the law. bad companies don't deserve it. the nra has said the immunity provided by the 2005 law is vitally important and expected to strongly oppose schiff's bill. avery, how unique is the present immunity that gun industry enjoys? >> it's unbelievable. i think most americans would be shocked, miguel, so to know that in 2005 congress passed a law that said when it came to liability, when it came to negligence, when it came to products liability, the gun industry is absolutely immune. not only can you not bring a suit, you're not even allowed to do discovery. actually, this proposal is really an explosive way of addressing the issue of gun violence. so the question really becomes not legal but rather political. is there any possibility that the house of representatives is going to go along with representative schiff's proposal, and i think the proposal gets blown up like a tick on dracula. i don't think it has a chance. >> richard, if this immunity is taken away, what kind of lawsuits could gun manufacturers face? >> well, it's simple, miguel. for instance, if you went to buy
know i'm going to get booed but when i listen to the leadership of the nra saying we need more guns in the schools, i could vomit. >> those kids might have been alive if -- >> this meeting was in the city of vampa, california, wine country. many called for better access to mental health care as well. >>> as you saw the debate over gun violence reaches far and wide from town halls to the white house. vice president joe biden's gun violence task force meeting face-to-face this week with the national rifle association, the nra. vice president's team also going to sit down with top executives in the entertainment industry and the video game industry. retail giant walmart was also invited but walmart is not going to show up. in a statement walmart said "we were invited to attend the meeting on thursday, and we had scheduling conflicts. we're going to continue to stay engaged in this topic going forward." cnn reached out to walmart this morning, and it said, not attending the meeting "should not be interpreted as a slight or a diss." walmart would not confirm reports they're the largest r
.vitac.com >>> the nra's flip-flop of background checks. why they say they're against them now. plus, bob -- and the man who fooled manti te'o comes clean and talks about his real romantic feelings. a bizarre unveiling. let's go out of the. good evening. i'm erin burnett. tonight, major nra flip-flop. at a hearing today, the head of the gun group shared his thoughts on background checks and as you might guess, he is against them. but, he wasn't always. jim acosta has the story. >> please, i'm not trying to play games here. >> it flared up early when patrick leahy grilled lapierre over background checks. >> you do not support mandatory background checks in all instances at gun shows. >> we do not because the fact is, law right now is a failure the way it's working. >> as it turns out, he was for background checks at gun shows before he was against them. and said so in 1999. >> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory, instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. no loopholes anywhere for anyone. >> when he was reminded of that line -- >> now, you do not support background che
member of the nra. people who have been affected by gun violence, people have used guns to protect themselves and their families. we wanted this to try to be a discussion and get a lot of different view points in and see if there are any common grounds between those who are great advocates for more gun control and advocates for gun rights opposed to greater gun control or greater background check. so we wanted to try to look for common ground and not just look at guns but also mental health issues and where that is in the equation and school safety issues. it's going to be an interesting discussion tonight, wolf. >> i'm really looking forward to it. i hope you find common ground. this is a critically, critically important issue for our entire country. anderson's town hall tonight, 8:00 p.m. eastern, only here on cnn. >>> up next, a catastrophic flooding taking an enormous economic toll on australia and they have an impact felt around the world. ake someone happy.♪ ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ ♪make just one heart to heart you - you sing to♪ ♪one smile that
under way and include senator manchin who has an a-rating from the nra. >>> and are republicans turning against senator marco rubio coming to immigration reform? republican senator david vitter calls rubio, quote, amazingly naive on the issue. we'll get the first read on mark murray. >>> you can always join the conversation on twitter. what do you think of the hearings so far for chuck hagel? constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. >>> on capitol hill today, reports a secret deal is under way to move forward on gun control legislation. "usa today" reports a bipartisan group of senators including republicans coburn and kirk along with democrats manchin and schumer, it's working on a proposal to expand background checks on gun buyers. that is a policy that was soundly rejected by nra's wayne lapierre yesterday but one that most americans support. on monday, president obama will travel to minneapolis to
millions of gun owners and their ultrapowerful lobbying group the nra. the latest push coming from senator dianne feinstein, the california democrat who authored the nation's original ban on assault weapons in the 1990s, but this ban would reportedly be much more strict. it would trap current gun owners and outlaw the future sale of some handguns and shotguns. joe johns joins us from washington, i understand that senator feinstein will show up holding a bushmaster. >> reporter: we don't know if she'll be holding it but we know she is going to have some weapons present that would be banned under her proposal, that would include bushmaster, as you know, they're fairly well-known, a bushmaster was we believe used by the shooter in newtown, connecticut. now, we know the broad outlines of what feinstein is likely to promow propose. it's been public for weeks. we look for detail, we expect a revised ban on the so-called military style assault weapons led to believe that means banning the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of about 150 firearms, some rifles, even possibly handguns, shot
control laws. executive vice president of the nra said the focus should be on making schools more secure, more aggressive. prosecution of gun criminals and fixing the country's mental health system. wayne la pierre says gun laws are not the answer. >> while we are ready to participate in a meaningful effort to solve these pressing problems we must disagree with some members of the committee and many in the media and all the gun control groups on what will keep our kids and keep our streets safe. law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. nor do we believe government should dictate what we clawfulln and use to protect our families. we have to be honest about what works and what does not work. proposals that would serve to burden the law abiding have failed in the past and will fail in the future. semi-automatic firearm technology has been around for a hundred years. they are the most popular guns for hunting, target shooting, self-defense. despite this fact, congress banned the manufacture and sale of hundreds of semi-automatic firearms and
know, the nra is not in line with an awful lot of their members, and that is something we're counting on to go forward. i've gone through this before. i know what the battles are going to be. i know the nra is probably already out there. you probably saw that new ad that they just put out attacking the president and his two daughters. that's crazy. everybody knows that the president and his family have to be protected. but to try to push that over on to the, their probably most radical members of the nra, that's now how the general public feels. i believe we can do it. this time it is different. this time it's gone to the heart of every mother, father, gra grandparent thinking about their children, grandchildren. we have to do something. all these mass killings and the killings that happen every single day, as the president said, 900 people have died since the day that sandy hook happened. that's too many of our people. i'm speaking as a nurse. it's cost us over $200 billion a year for those that survive. and for everything that we need to do to protect our cities and our communities.
lapierre executive vice president of the nra issues a fundraising letter saying this. i warned you this day was coming and now it's here. it's not about protecting your children. it's not about stopping crime. it's about banning your guns period. so what are we seeing here? a real political campaign. >> on the one side you have the grassroots organization that the obama for america team use. now, they can't coordinate with the white house, wolf, on this, but they are using all of their apparatus to get out their grass root supporters because what they are trying to do is mobilize voters in much the same way that the nra has done over the years, which is make people who are for some kind of gun regulation, single issue voters and come out and pressure members of congress who may be wavering in gun states and say to them, you know, we want something done. on the other side is the nra which has a huge grassroots organization. they are trying to mobilize their own voters. you saw that e-mail. we spoke yesterday about this provocative ad talking about the president'
around this table. you should know that tomorrow i have also invited the gun owners and the nra to come and make their case, as well. >> well, to help us set the stage through all of this i want to bring in jeffrey toobin. the gun lobby says this is all about the second amendment. where is the legal line between the so-called individual right to bear arms and government responsibility to look after people? >> well, michael, i am going to give you a ringing i'm not sure to that answer because the supreme court has not really classified th clarified this. in 2008 the supreme court said there is a constitutional right under the second amendment to possess a hand gun in your home for self protection. how does that apply to larger weapons? how does it apply to weapons outside the home? how does it apply to background checks for the purchase of weapons? these are legal questions that remain open now. it is probably true that assault weapon bands would have no problems constitutionally. because the supreme court has really changed the understanding of the second amendment and people can read i
met with gun owners groups including the nra representative as he moves forward as head of president obamas task force to fight the violence. >> already, the vice- president is announcing the group will have some recommendations for the president by tuesday. >> it is expected that universal background checks for all gun owners could be in the mix. >> the nra meantime says, it is disappointed with the meeting. >> we will be back in just a moment with look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible. [ malheart-healthy suand delicious meals certified by
with groups, including the n.r.a., and just moments from new york-- from now, new york's governor may announce a tough new crackdown in this state. all this has second amendment supporters increasingly worried about losing their constitutional rights. so they have proposed a gun appreciation day to take place on january 19th. hoping to send a message to washington about where millions in this country really stand when it comes to gun rights. chris stirewalt is our digital editor and post power play on fox news live. this is unfolding as the first big debate in the second term of barack obama. we've got budget issues and outside of those this is the biggie. some are pushing back on this gun appreciation day particularly online. some on the left suggesting, and i'll just read you one of the, you know, more out there tweets, suggesting that this is a veiled threat to the president of the united states of assassination by choosing mlk day as gun appreciation day. and so it's come to that. your thoughts? >> well, so much for an adult national discussion. all of the things that -- and there is some
with vice president biden with the nra and walmart and others, what would you be sayinging? >> that the discussion has not been going anywhere that we can tell in a productive way. we are not talking about people defending themselves precisely in these gun-free zones. hopefully, at some point, we are going to come to the realization that repeating the same policy year after year getting the same deadly results is only going to get us the same deadly results is only going to get us the same deadly results the next time. >> right. so your solution, if you were there in that meeting, would be to arm every school, every church, every hospital, everywhere that members of the public can be? >> you certainly would want to encourage people who are qualified to carry concealed firearm to be able to do so in a school zone. right now that is illegal in all but a couple of our states and some of our institutions of higher learning. but, by and large, it's prohibited. that needs to stop because we have been using those as magnets where all of our mass murders have been occurring in thes
owners who have no plans to give up their weapons. even thought about joining the nra. after newtown they started a political action committee to fight for tougher gun restrictions. they are calling for universal background checks covering gun shows and private dealers and a ban on magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition which kelly says might have saved the youngest victim of the shooting that almost killed his wife. the first bullet went into gabby's head. bullet number 13 went into a-year-old girl named christina taylor green when he tried to reload one 33 round magazine with another 33 round magazine and he dropped it it and a woman named patricia mayse grabbed it and it gave bystander time to tackle him. i contend if that same thing happened when he was trying to reload one ten round magazine with another 10 round magazine, meaning did he not have access to a high capacity magazine and the same thing happened, christina taylor green would be alive today. i certainly am willing to give up my right to own a high capacity magazine to bring that young woman back that young
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